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Sixteen Flaws in the Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County

Effects of Project Labor Agreements on Local Business Utilizatio in Santa Clara County, California - Working Partnerships USATo attempt to formulate an economic and intellectual argument for controversial project labor agreements, a union-oriented policy organization based in San José called Working Partnerships USA released a report dated October 8, 2012 called Effect of Project Labor Agreements on Local Business Utilization in Santa Clara County, California.

How credible is the Working Partnerships USA report? The California Construction Compliance Group has published Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County, my critical examination of that report.Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County

While the Working Partnerships USA researchers apparently collected a great deal of data and the authors addressed some interesting questions, their report in its current form includes logical errors, false assumptions, and broad generalizations. This paper identifies at least 16 fundamental flaws in the report:

  1. The Group That Produced the Report Has an Overt Ideological Bias
  2. The Group That Funded This Report Uses the Report to Help Advance Its Own Political Interests
  3. The Report Inexplicably Excludes Construction Contracts Awarded by the Fourth Community College District Based in Santa Clara County
  4. The Report Does Not Offer Its Source Data for Evaluation
  5. The Report Does Not Accurately State What It Is Measuring
  6. The Report Lacks the “Economic” Analysis Expected of an Economic Policy Report
  7. The Report Compares Two Data Sets That Are Rather Narrow
  8. The Report Does Not Account for Variations in Sizes and Types of Contracts
  9. Time Periods Used for the Report Are Vague, Arbitrary, and Inconsistent
  10. Key Terms in the Report Are Inconsistent and Poorly Defined
  11. The Report Defines Local in an Absurd Way
  12. The Report Shows Favoritism for Certain Geographic Regions
  13. The Report Includes Distorted Estimates of Commute Distances
  14. The Report Fails to Recognize that Northern California Is a Regional Construction Market
  15. The Report Is Fattened with Non-Relevant and Unproven Statements
  16. The Report Makes Uncritical Assumptions About the Inherent Superiority of Contracts Awarded to Local Businesses

Debates over project labor agreements at California local governments tend to prioritize politics over logic. The Working Partnerships USA report – as currently written – attempts to justify a preconceived ideological concept with a logical, intellectual economic argument. In this exercise, it fails.

UPDATE: The Santa Clara and San Benito Building and Construction Trades Council had planned to use the study from the pro-union think tank Working Partnerships USA as an intellectual argument for the elected board of the West Valley-Mission Community College District to require contractors to sign a project labor agreement. At the December 11, 2012 meeting of the college board, the author of the Working Partnerships USA study expressed her distress and outrage about the unexpected and devastating analysis of flaws in her study. It remains to be seen if the board will mandate a project labor agreement on future construction.

See my three blog posts about this union lobbying effort:

Here Comes Yet ANOTHER Project Labor Agreement on a California Community College District: West Valley-Mission in Silicon Valley (November 12, 2012)

Elected Board of Community College in Silicon Valley Has December 11 Vote on Project Labor Agreement for Construction Funded by Money Borrowed Through Bond Sales (December 8, 2012)

Elected Board of Community College in Silicon Valley Has December 11 Vote on Project Labor Agreement for Construction Funded by Money Borrowed Through Bond Sales (December 13, 2012)

Complete Compilation of Union Project Labor Agreements on K-12 School District and Community College District Construction in California: 1999-2012

Below are government-mandated Project Labor Agreements implemented at educational districts in California as of November 6, 2012 and privately-negotiated Project Labor Agreements implemented for construction at educational districts in California.

According to the latest information on the web site of the California Department of Education, California had 1,032 districts for K-12 schools in the 2009-10 school year. Also, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office indicates there are 112 community colleges in California.

While the percentage of the total number of California educational districts requiring their contractors to sign Project Labor Agreements with construction trade unions is small, unions now control much of the state’s educational construction funded by money borrowed through state and local bond sales. These 43 districts with Project Labor Agreements are mostly large urban districts with high numbers of students and significant construction expenditures. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest school district in the United States, and it has an ongoing $20 billion construction program (not including the matching grants consisting of money borrowed through the state’s substantial educational bond sales).

Help make this compilation complete: if you have one of the two Project Labor Agreements on the list below that I don’t have, or possess a privately-negotiated Project Labor Agreement not on the list (such as a private agreement for certain developer-built schools), please contact me by using the contact box on this page: About Labor Issues Solutions, LLC and the Dayton Public Policy Institute.


Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements for K-12 School District and Community College District Construction in California

MARIN COUNTY
College of Marin (Marin Community College District) Project Labor Agreement 2008 Measure C
CITY and COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
City College of San Francisco Project Labor Agreement 2005
San Francisco Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2008 Measure A (Approved in 2006)
SAN MATEO COUNTY
San Mateo Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2003
San Mateo Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2007 Amendment No. 1 
San Mateo Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2002 – San Mateo High School Modernization
San Mateo Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 Measure M
San Mateo Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 Measure M Solar Work Amendment 2010
San Mateo Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 Measure M Additional Work Amendment 2011
South San Francisco Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2011 Measure J
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District 2009 Measure G
East Side Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2003 Measure G 2009 Measure E
Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2008 Measure G
Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2011 Measure G Amendment No. 1
San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2006 Measure G 2010 Measure G
ALAMEDA COUNTY
Albany Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2005 Measure A
Berkeley Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2011 Measure I
Chabot-Los Positas Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2007 Measure B
Chabot-Los Positas Community College District Project Labor Agreement 2010 Measure B Amendment No. 1
Fremont Union High School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 All Outdoor Athletic Facilities
Hayward Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 Measure I
Oakland Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2003 Measure A (Original)
Oakland Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2005 (Revised) Measure A and Subsequent Measure B
Peralta Community College District (Oakland & Berkeley) Project Labor Agreement 2009
San Leandro Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2007 Measure B
San Leandro Unified School Project Labor Agreement 2007 Amendment 1 Measure M 2012
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Contra Costa Community College District 2012 Measure A (2006)
John Swett Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2009 Measure A
Mt. Diablo Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2006 Measure C Pilot Projects
Pittsburg Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2004 Measure E
West Contra Costa Unified School District Project Labor Agreement
SOLANO COUNTY
Vallejo City Unified School District Project Labor Agreement Measure A 2001
Solano Community College District Project Labor Agreement Measure G 2004
SACRAMENTO COUNTY
Sacramento City Unified School District Project Labor Agreement Measures E and I 2005
Sacramento City Unified School District Project Labor Agreement Measures E and I 2005 Amendment No. 1 2009
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Centinela Valley Union High School District Project Labor Agreement – Proposition CV and California Emergency Repair Program – 2009
Compton Unified School District Project Labor Agreement 2005 – Remainder of Measure I
Los Angeles Community College District Project Labor Agreement – Proposition A, Proposition AA, and Measure J – 2001 (Revised through 2011)
Los Angeles Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Proposition BB and Measure K (now also applies to Measure R, Measure Q, future bond measures, and Job Order Contracts) – 2003
Los Angeles Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Proposition BB and Measure K – 2003 – Amendment No. 1
Rio Hondo Community College District Project Labor Agreement – Measure A – 2005
Pasadena Unified School District Project Labor Agreement (called a “Continuity of Work Agreement) – Measure TT – 2012
San Gabriel Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Measure A – 2010
ORANGE COUNTY
Rancho Santiago Community College District Project Labor Agreement – Measure E – 2003
Santa Ana Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Measure C – 2000
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
Rialto Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Wilmer Amina Carter High School (District High School #3) – 2001
RIVERSIDE COUNTY
Riverside Community College District Project Labor Agreement – Measure C – 2010
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
San Diego Unified School District Project Labor Agreement – Proposition S – 2009

Privately-Negotiated Project Labor Agreements for K-12 School District and Community College District Construction in California

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER-AT-RISK – MONTEREY COUNTY
Hartnell Community College District Project Labor Agreement – Measure H – 2004 – Negotiated by DPR Construction and Employers’ Advocate – Nullified After Three Small Projects
LEASE-LEASEBACK – KERN COUNTY
Westside Educational Complex for Delano Union School District Project Labor Agreement 2011 between Grapevine Advisors LLC and the Kern, Inyo, Mono Building and Construction Trades Council 
DEVELOPER-BUILT SCHOOLS – CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
San Ramon Valley Center Campus of Contra Costa Community College District Project Labor Agreement between Windemere-Brookfield-Centex and UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 159
Almond Grove Elementary School of Oakley Union Elementary School District Project Labor Agreement 2004 between Pulte Homes and UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 159, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 302, and Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 104
Seven Schools (Including Creekside Elementary School) of San Ramon Valley Unified School District Project Labor Agreement between Shapell Industries and Windemere and UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 159 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 302 (copy not in my possession)
DEVELOPER-BUILT SCHOOLS – PLACER COUNTY
Junction Elementary School, Barbara Chilton Middle School, and Three Other Schools of Roseville City School District 2005 between Westpark Associates and Signature Properties and UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 447, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 340, and Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 162
DEVELOPER-BUILT SCHOOLS – VENTURA COUNTY
Rio Del Mar Elementary School, Rio Vista Middle School, and Another Elementary School of the Rio School District in the RiverPark Development 2004 between RiverPark Development, LLC and Shea Homes with the Ventura County Building and Construction Trades Council
Rio Del Mar Elementary School, Rio Vista Middle School, and Another Elementary School of the Rio School District in the RiverPark Development 2007 between RiverPark Development, LLC and Shea Homes with the Ventura County Building and Construction Trades Council – Amendment